Asheville Wine Focus Group




News Release: Sunday, October 15th

Subject: Asheville Wine Focus Group @MetroWines
Please join The Asheville School of Wine for the monthly Asheville Wine Focus Group the first Wednesday of every month from 5:30 to 6:30 starting January 3rd at MetroWines. The event is "on the house" but seating is limited to the first 10 people who call the shop at (828) 575-9525.
MetroWines is asking you to help us decide if you like the wines presented, would you like to see the wines in the shop and what you think should be the shelf price. 
"We are always working to learn what our customers want," says Gina Trippi, co-owner of MetroWines. "Who better to ask than our customers?"
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Blind Tasting League Going Dark

News Release: Sunday, October 15th, 2017

Subject: Blind Tasting League Going Dark @MetroWines
After nearly four years, Andy Hale, Director of Education for The Asheville School of Wine @MetroWines, will host his last gathering of Blind Tasting League on Wednesday, November 1st from 6 to 7pm @MetroWines. 
Information and Tickets:
"If you have never attended Blind Tasting League with Andy, you don't want to miss this opportunity," says Gina Trippi, co-owner of Metro Wines. " You will learn, you will laugh, and you will leave with the confidence to be the one at the table who knows the wine!"
This night will also be a "Going Away Party" for Andy as he will be moving to Nashville. Party from 7to 8pm. There is no charge for the party. "We hope Asheville will turn out to say good-bye to Andy," says Gina Trippi. "He has taken the fear out of wine and wine shops!"
Andy will be returning to host "PopUP" classes and events. And he will continue to post on Blind Tasting League Blog as well as the Asheville School of Wine Blog. 
Andy's last day @MetroWines is November 10th.
While we re-format, Blind Tasting League will be going dark for a short re-tooling time! We invite all wine tasters to watch for information and news on our blogs about Blind Tasting League and to continue to join us on the first Wednesday of the month for the all new "Asheville Wine Focus Group" starting in January. 
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Andy Hale Going to Nashville!

From the MetroWines Email of Sunday, October 15th. Subscribers get ALL the news first!


** ALERT! You're Not Going to Like This **
You know how you procrastinate about tearing off a bandaid.
It's like that. Take a deep breath. We got to do this.

Andy Hale is leaving us. Well, kind of, sort of, not all the way...
Shortly after I won the Barbera smack down he comes up
with this bogus story about his wife, Christina,
is taking a promotion in Nashville and he must go with her.

SURE. Is that the best you can do?

But as it turns out, that's true. 
Andy's last  regular day will be November 10th
and his last Blind Tasting League (BTL) will be November  1st.
So, if you have never been to BTL. Now is the time.
And this will be Andy's Going Away For Now Party as well.

(Might be some wine. Maybe a little Barbera! Sorry. Had to say that.)

Most of Andy's family lives here in Asheville so he will be back, like a lot.
When he returns, he will host Pop Up BTLs @MetroWines.
Maybe a surprise class like only Andy can do!
And Andy will continue to post on the blog

We will miss Andy. The three of us, John, Andy and me worked it hard
as a team to put MetroWines on the wine map in a crowded market.
No one can replace Andy. That's a fact. And we know it.
But it is also a fact that the friendly knowledgable service will continue.

One of our customers told me that she will miss Andy because,
when she was new to town, Andy was the first one who really talked
with her and made her feel comfortable in her new world.

That is who we are. And that will continue.
You've got a friend @MetroWines.

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Colpetrone Sagrantino

Colpetrone, 2010 Umbria

      "Colpetrone Montefalco Sagrantino is made from the Sagrantino varietal, a strong and concentrated grape indigenous to the region of Umbria in central Italy. It primarily grows in small quantities in the village of Montefalco and surrounding areas. It is one of the most tannic grapes in the world producing deeply colored wines (almost black). Colpetrone is one of the most important wine producers in Montefalco focusing on low yields and precise winemaking to produce quality wines.
       This wine has ample dark fruit and floral aromas and flavors of blackberries, vanilla, and spice. The wine spends 18 months in large French oak barrels and 12 months in the bottle before released. This is an expressive, fully-loaded wine that is drinking absolutely beautiful, but can age another 10+ years."
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Fear Not Blaufrankisch!

90 Points 
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

     "The wine is pure, fresh and skinny on the spicy nose, light, nicely pure, yet intense, and very authentic on the palate, where it reveals a good freshness, nice grip, great tension and finesse. This is a ripe and very stimulating Blaufränkisch with ripe and very fine tannins. What a classic!"

MetroWines Note: OK. Let's just be honest here. Not that any of us are shallow
or unsophisticated but to the American ear, "blaufrankisch" is a little, well, weird
if not downright scary. Kind of makes you feel like it might have something to do 
with Boris Karloff and a laBOREatory in Transylvania! 

If we knew the grape as Franconia, ahhhh Franconia, as they do in Italy, we would be thinking a train ride passing fields of colored flowers. Well, whatever, we would not
be thinking smoking glass vials and a hunched over guy in a white coat!

Try to get past the name. In addition to what Robert Parker said,
you will find this bottle of, say it, Blaufrankisch, to be something like Pinot Noir
with spicy notes. The wine has good body, engaging aromas and, while smooth on the palate, there is still what you might call a tang!


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"Spain for the Holidays"



News Release: Friday, September 29th, 1017

About: "Spain for the Holidays" Seated Tasting of Spanish Wines
Please join The Asheville School of Wine and Laurence Vuelta of Aveniu Brands for a seated tasting of Spanish Wines perfect for the holidays on Thursday, November 16th starting 5:30pm @MetroWines. The cost is $25. Seating is limited. Please call (828) 575-9525or shop online here: 
You will be greeted with a glass of CAVA. Once seated, a dry Albarino, Tempranillo Gran Reserva, Garnacha from Priorat and a Cabernet Sauvignon and Tempranillo based Rose will be paired with tapas showcasing the versatility of these wines. 
"This collection of wines can be paired with a wide range of flavors or enjoyed alone," says Gina Trippi, co-owner of MetroWines."With a sparkling, white, red and rose' in the house, you can handle any holiday event or just reading a book by the fire after the party is over!"

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News Release: Thursday, September 28th, 2017

About "Zinposium" with Trinchero Family Estates
Just in time for Thanksgiving! Join The Asheville School of Wine and Kevin Hicks of Trinchero Family Estates for  "Zinposium," a comprehensive and informative tasting of Zinfandels on Friday, November 17th from 5 to 6:30pm @MetroWines. Wines will be "on the taste" and "on the house" and parking is free, close and easy.
"If you enjoy Zinfandel, this event is for you," says Gina Trippi, co-owner of MetroWines. "This is a versatile varietal that is perfect for the Thanksgiving Table and Trinchero is well known as one of the masters of ZIN!"
From Trinchero: "Trinchero Family Estates was born from unwavering fortitude and a bit of good fortune. Nearly 70 years ago, when Italian immigrant Mario Trinchero left New York City in search of a better life for his family in Napa Valley, no one could have predicted the unprecedented success that followed. From the world’s first-ever White Zinfandel to some of the most-sought after vineyards in Napa to a portfolio of more than 45 global wine and spirits brands, the Trinchero Family Estates of today is an enduring symbol of the American Dream."
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Sparkling Class and Tasting



News Release: Wednesday, September 27, 2017
About: Sparkling Tasting and Class @MetroWines
What's the difference in Prosecco and Champagne? Please join The Asheville School of Wine to learn what separates the various sparkling wines on Tuesday, November 7th from 5:30 to 6:30. Cost for the tasting and class is $20. Call (828) 575-9525 or chop online:
Andy Hale, Director of Education for The Asheville School of Wine @MetroWines takes us through Prosecco, CAVA, Champagne, Sparkling French Wine. 
"The difference is in the fermentation," says Andy Hale. "The texture, the taste and the best use for the wine varies with each style."
We will be joined by Paola Ferraro of Bele Casel LIVE via SKYPE in Asolo, Italy! Paola will tell us all about the Prosecco made by her family. Until then, follow Paola on twitter here:
About Bele Casel: 

It all started over 40 years ago when my father, a winemaking student, met my mother. But above all he met my grandfather Ilario, a great farmer. At the time my grandfather owned just over a hectare of dessert wine near his home and. Like all farmers, sold his wine production in demijohns.

Once my dad finished his studies he started working in a distillery, helping my grandfather in the land and in the “cellar” in his spare time. It was during those years that a baby boy called Luca, his sister Paola and a business named “the County” were born.

These children, here now to tell you this story, grew up with their maternal grandparents, since mum and dad were following an adventure that was far greater than their own dreams: every day, after finishing their daytime jobs, they would go down in the cellar to try and consolidate, day after day, their efforts and sacrifices.

These memories are still very much alive in our heads. The whole family would be busy bottling 200-300 bottles in one day, sticking labels by hand on each bottle. We would deliver on Saturdays to meet personally the few clients we had.

Nobody talked about foreign markets yet, even less so of e-commerce. Business was based on a handshake and a few phone calls. But in the space of a few years the whole world underwent great radical changes. In the wine business everyone started targeting foreign markets and greatly increasing their sales.

In the evenings, over dinner, we used to wonder where we were going wrong, and why all our hard work and sacrifices to produce high quality wine weren’t paying off yet. Then, suddenly, one day we received a phone call from an American importer looking to buy Prosecco, and surprisingly, he’d contacted us, too.

It was a cold and rainy day when the person in charge of finding “the best Prosecco around” arrived, and we were very, very tense. We were aware of the quality of our product but we also knew that our cellar, a basement just a little bigger than a garage, couldn’t compete with all the big wineries in the area. Our English wasn’t very good either, and we didn’t consider ourselves salesmen but simple producers. Imagine our faces when we heard that we had been chosen amongst all the other producers!

Five years on, we have grown, we have made several mistakes but we have also learned a lot. One thing hasn’t changed though: the desire to make great wines. So while the Prosecco sales were increasing and reds were entering a crisis we played a wild card: we planted Merlot vines, typical of our area, always overlooked, and started producing huge amounts of grapes. The plan was to revalue the name of this grape.

We opted for tightly planted vineyards, extreme thinning out of the vines, harvesting very mature grapes and finally purchasing large barrels to keep the quality of our Merlot unaltered. And here we are, after a family dinner, sitting in front of our PC, telling the tale of a family who was able to turn a dream into reality, and into a successful business.

Luca Ferraro, grape grower and winemaker

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Have a heart WineTasting for Thanksgiving

News Release: Tuesday, September 26th, 2017  

About: Thanksgiving Wines that Give Back
Please join The Asheville School of Wine to taste wines from wineries that give back to the community on November 18, 2017 from 10am to 7pm @MetroWines. Four versatile, Thanksgiving perfect wines will be "on the taste" and "on the house."
Eric Asimov, wine Critic for The New York Times, says it is hard to go wrong with wines for the Thanksgiving Table because most guests come for the company and community!
"This year we are suggesting wines that not only pair well with a traditional Thanksgiving menu but also are made by wineries that give back to the community," says Gina Trippi, co-owner of MetroWines.  
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Gabrielle Collection Wine Tasting

News Release: Monday, September 25th, 2017

About: Gabrielle Collection Wine Tasting @MetroWines
Please join The Asheville School of Wine to meet Gabrielle Leonhard of Gabrielle Collection. A selection of wines will be "on the taste" and "on the house" on Monday, October 2nd from 5 to 6:30pm @MetroWines.
"Gabrielle Collection is known for wines such as "Juxtaposition," says Gina Trippi, co-owner of MetroWines. "Join us to taste "Juxtaposition" as well as other great Napa Valley wines."
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Gabrielle Collection is a series of boutique, luxury Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignons and Proprietary Cabernet blends, that are invitingly and food complementary wines. They show the artistry of Winemaker Gabrielle in their balance, suppleness and distinction as she brings the magic of the soil and sun into a glass of wine.

Gabrielle believes blending varietals and vineyards achieves the most expressive wine. Drawing from the organically farmed estate vineyard in the Oak Knoll Appellation as well as other from select sustainably farmed vineyards, where the climate and soil are best suited to produce each varietal perfectly, she creates wines with richness and complexity.

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We believe in a team approach to winemaking, as collaboration produces excellence.

Gabrielle Leonhard
Head of Winemaking and Master Blender

Gabrielle Leonhard was born in Germany, to a family with a long history of wine professionals and collectors. Her grandfather traveled the world exploring food and wines as a wine and food critic. Her mother was a wine chemist in Bordeaux, a food chemist and completed cooking school with a chef from the esteemed Cordon Blue Cooking School in France. A passion for quality ingredients and food preparation was a family heritage. Food and wine pairings were an ongoing topic at the family table. Gabrielle always dreamed of making wine.

Studies include Napa College/UC Davis viticulture program, sensory evaluation and olive oil sensory evaluation.

Wayne O’Connell
Winemaking Team

Wayne heads the production and harvest activities and is part of the blending team. He finds wonderful vineyard fruit sources and assures that fruit for Gabrielle Collection wines is top quality. He worked for his grandfather in the vineyard and cellar growing up and learned old world winemaking methods first hand.

Studies include Napa College/UC Davis viticulture program.

Kyle Laird
Consulting Winemaker

Kyle stresses harvest practices of selective picking: multiple passes to pluck fruit only at its optimum. He works closely with the vineyard crews to gently coax the flavors from the soil. Kyle is responsible for all the technical aspects of winemaking: picking decisions, fermentation, barrel selection, blending trials, bottling.

A native of Napa Valley, Kyle previously worked at San Clement Winery and Robert Craig Winery as Assistant Winemaker,  producing several vintages of highly rated Cabernets. He manages the production of high-end boutique wines at the custom Crush facility, Bin to Bottle.

Viticulture: Wine is made in the vineyard. Everyone at Gabrielle Collection is dedicated to this principle.

Patrick Riggs

Patrick Riggs, Jack Neal and Son’s lead Viticulturist and Head of Organic Farming, is the consulting vineyard manager of the estate vineyard. In collaboration with Wayne & Gabrielle, he oversees vine health and quality and implements strategies to keep the vineyards free from damaging pests and disease. Every year, we meet to make farming practice decisions with the goal of producing top grape quality that expresses the unique soil properties of the estate vineyard. Each vine is treated individually in regard to water; fertilizer and pest management needs, always focusing on organic and sustainable practices. Patrick earned a BA at the University of Wisconsin, Soil Science and Bacteriology and Masters degree in Plant Pathology from U.C. Davis.

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In 2000, Gabrielle made the decision to take the final step in adopting organic and sustainable farming and lifestyle practices. She attended seminars, hired consultants to assure that all aspects of this decision would be correctly implemented. After over 25 years in the horticulture industry already using non-pesticide practices, she wanted to incorporate the universality of sustainable practices, which include the land, workers, business practices and the environment.

“The entire estate functions as an integrated community: the grapes provide delicious wine, which pairs with fruits, vegetables, herbs and honey cultivated from the gardens, then gardens give health back to the vineyard. Providing housing to our workers strengthens the sense of a stable community and commitment to the land. All benefit!” -Gabrielle

Organic Practices: The vine cuttings are mulched and returned to the vineyard as compost, the garden plants and vineyard vines receive only organic fertilizers and sprays. After a decade of farming organically, the results are rewarding- no disease or insects have been present. The natural balancing of a diverse ecco system is working!

Minimal Use of Sulfur: The vineyard only receives sulfur treatment for a month- mostly in May, in comparison to historically traditional treatments from April through June/ July. Stylet oil is applied February-April, botanical mildew eating microorganisms are applied after May. This minimizes sulfur exposure to the environment as well assures that all sulfur residue will be absent at time of harvest. Minimal sulfur is added to barreled wine- just enough to keep the wine free of damaging organisms. The result is less environmental impact and less exposure to those who have sulfur intolerance.

Bio-Diversity: The soil attributes are accented by the bio-diversity of surrounding herb gardens, fruit trees and mature Eucalyptus trees. We believe that this diversity has maintained the excellent health in the vineyard- we have not had disease or insect pressure since planting in 2000- the entire estate transitioned to organic and sustainable practices that year.

Stewardship: The estate borders Dry Creek, a tributary into the Napa River, a major water source of the San Francisco Bay. We are very vigorous with our stewardship of the creek, exceeding organic regulations, taking into consideration the environment as a whole. For example, we use organic Stylet Oil instead of organic sulfur to spray against mildew in the spring as long as possible, and then convert to wetable powder. This avoids the sulfur drift of air-applied sulfur. Better for the creek, better for us!

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WolfDog Benefit

News Release: Tuesday, September 19th, 2017

About: Benefit for WolfDog Sanctuary
Please join us on Sunday, October 15th from 2 to 4 in the afternoon @MetroWines to BENEFIT Full Moon Farm WolfDog Sanctuary ( as part of Wolf Awareness Week! We will be joined at the event by River the Ambassadog and Finn, his apprentice! and live music. There will be a cash bar open but admission to the event is free.
All profit, not just 10%, ALL profit on any bottle sold on October 15th goes to Full Moon. And that amount will be matched by MetroWines owners personally. This is the day to shop!
Full Moon is a Gold Participant of Guide Star Exchange and a 2017 Top Rated organization by Great Non-Profits. 
Full Moon is an organization dedicated to the well being of the wolfdog (a wolf hybrid). Situated on 17 beautiful acres in black Mountain, Full Moon is a 501 (c)(3) not for profit organization for refused wolfdogs who find themselves in need of shelter and care through no fault of their own. These wolfdogs have frequently spent most of their lives in abusive situations or complete neglect. They are used as status symbols, guard dogs or confined to cages when a home breeder decides to make quick cash on "wolf puppies."
"Providing for wolfdogs is very expensive," says Gina Trippi, co-owner of MetroWines. "And Full Moon is one of the very few organizations committed to helping these forgotten animals."
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Great Rose' Tasting V


News Release: Saturday, September 16th, 2017

About: Great Rose Tasting V @MetroWines
Join The Asheville School of Wine for The Great Rose Tasting V on Saturday, October 14th from 10am to 5pm @MetroWines. Four bottles of Rose from around the world will be "on the taste" and "on the house" all day long.
"With the firmly established and growing popularity of Rose, we have decided to continue The Great Rose Tastings all year," says Gina Trippi, co-owner of MetroWines. "Asheville is ahead of the wine curve in discovering the versatility and wide world of Rose!"
The event always attracts a crowd and bottles sell out so customers are encouraged to come early. "Customers are beginning to stock up for Thanksgiving," says Andy Hale, Director of Education for The Asheville School of Wine. "Rose is perfect for an aperitif, a first course anytime, a holiday menu with widely different flavors or a pot luck."
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AXIOS Wine Tasting

News Release: Tuesday, September 12th, 2017

About: Axios Wine Tasting @MetroWines
Join The Asheville School of Wine to meet Paul Giannaris and taste wines from Axios on Wednesday, September 27th from 5 to 6:30 @MetroWines.
Wines from Axios will be "on the taste" and "on the house" @MetroWines including:

Axios Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 09-6pk  91 W&S

Truth "Cuvee de Fume" 13


Truth Napa Valley Cuvee Red 12  90JS


Worthy Napa Valley Chardonnay 14


Worthy Sophia's Cuvee Cabernet Sauvignon 12


About Axios: 

A powerhouse collaboration between proprietor Gus Kalaris and winemaker Bob Egelhoff, Axios is a super premium Cabernet Sauvignon of Napa Valley "cult" status.  Axios, meaning worthy in Greek, reflects Gus' vision to craft a wine of Bordeaux influence that represents the richness of its' Napa Valley origin.  This wine was proudly served at a reception hosted by President Bush at The White House in March of 2002.Worthy is the second label of Axios - the super premium Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon. Axios is the the Greek word for worthy.

Worthy’s Cabernet Sauvignon dominated Bordeaux blend  enjoyed overnight success when it stormed into the market in 2001.  Over the years Worthy has been recognized as a household name in cult wines.

The label for Truth was the inspiration behind this wine's name.  Looking at one's own reflection unveils the truth.  This intriguing label was proudly displayed at the SFMOMA's exhibition "How Wine Became Modern" in 2010-2011.  Beyond the packaging you will find an outstanding bistro style wine at a value price point.”

More about the owner Gus Kalaris: Gus Kalaris is the founder and owner of Constantine Wines, a wine distribution and import company founded in 1986 that has enjoyed a great reputation for premium offerings.  Under his leadership, Constantine Wines has enjoyed decades of uninterrupted growth.  Kalaris founded Axios, a luxury Napa Valley wine brand in 1999 to much acclaim.  The success of Axios has spawned the Worthy, Truth, Kalaris and Telios brands.  Gus, a Greek American, born in Washington, DC is fluent in the Greek language and dedicated to his heritage.  Kalaris has received numerous awards and national recognition for his charitable endeavors and serves on many charitable and philanthropic boards including Cystic Fibrosis and the Cal Ripken Sr Foundation. In 2013, Kalaris purchased a home surrounded by over 10 acres of vineyards in Calistoga.  His goal is to produce a world class Pomerol-style red blend from the estate under the Kalaris label.

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No Meat Athlete Meets REZAZ


Join Chefs Laura and Brian Smith of Rezaz for an exciting collaboration wine dinner with Matt Frazier, the No Meat Athlete cookbook extraordinaire! Guests will enjoy five “No Meat” courses designed to show that healthy, vegan cuisine can be opulent, luxurious and satisfying. Metro Wines will be providing five great, biodynamic wines to pair perfectly with each course.

$55 per person, all inclusive

Space will be limited to create an enjoyable experience for everyone. Please make reservations as soon
as possible to guarantee your seats. A credit card will be required to secure your seats.

Tomatillo Salsa Verde, Mountain Cantaloupe, Crispy Eggplant, Sumac Onions, Fresh Za’atar
Paired with 2016 Domaine Du Joncier, Cotes du Rhone Rose

1st Course
Local Apple Muhamarra, Crisp Brussel Leaf, Chickpea Polenta, Whipped Chickpea, Pomegranate
Paired with 2015 Pfluger Biodynamite, Pfalz

2nd Course
Cashew Risotto, Crispy Tofu, French Horn Mushroom, Chanterelles,
Cumin-Citrus Carrot “Bacon”, Cranberry Vincotto

Paired with 2015 Maysara “3 Degrees” Pinot Noir, McMinnville

Lebanese Stuffed Japanese Eggplant, Farro Tabouleh, Grilled Zucchini, Butternut Squash,
Tomato “Demi-Glace”, Benne Seed Tzatziki, Lemon Tahini Dressing

Paired with 2012 Luigi Bosca “Los Miradores: Malbec, Lujan de Cuyo

Greek Baklava and Coconut Sorbet
Paired with 2008 Disznoko 5 Puttonyos, Tokaji





News Release: Tuesday, September 5th, 2017
About: A No Meat Wine Pairing Dinner at REZAZ
Join us for a meat-free wine pairing dinner at REZAZ inspired by No Meat Athlete, a recipe and lifestyle book chosen as a Sports Illustrated Health and Wellness Book of 2017, written by local authors Matt Frazier and Stepfanie Romine on Sunday, October 8th starting at 6pm at REZAZ in Biltmore Village.
Matt Frazier is a 100-mile ultramarathoner and popular blogger and Stepfanie Romine is a writer and editor who specializes in food, natural health and wellness. In addition to solid wellness information and suggestions, their first book, No Meat Athlete, contains 150 recipes. 
With a forward by author and former professional triathlete Brendan Brazier, No Meat Athlete offers the benefit of Matt Frazier's journey toward a healthy lifestyle. "No Meat Athlete includes everything you need to maximize your own energy and fitness," says Matt Frazier.
Join Matt Frazier, Stepfanie Romine, REZAZ owners Chef Brian Smith and Pastry Chef Laura Smith and MetroWines for one of the first no meat wine pairing dinners in Asheville. 
Chef Brian Smith and Pastry Chef Laura Smith, have put together an extraordinary menu based on the recipes in No Meat Athletewith the distinctive REZAZ Mediterranean touch of inviting aromas and intense flavors.
"We want to be part of all that Asheville is," Brian Smith told Mountain Xpress for an edition of Quick Dish. "We're doing more special events and tastings too. We don't just want to be that place you come for special occasion."
MetroWines has paired wines for each dish that have no additives, no use of animal products and no manipulation of any kind. "Many of our customers have requested a no meat wine pairing dinner and REZAZ was the place to make it happen," says Gina Trippi, co-owner of MetroWines.
Matt Frazier and Stepfanie Romine will be available to sign copies of No Meat Athlete and, if you are interested in purchasing the wines served with dinner, MetroWines will be available to take orders at a discounted event price.
$55 for wine, dinner, tax and gratuity! For reservations, please call REZAZ at (828) 277-1510 with a credit card number to secure your seat. 
Please note: You will not be charged until the day of the event. You have 24 hours prior to the event to cancel without penalty. If you fail to keep your reservations, your card will be charged 50% of the event price. 
Interview with Brian and Laura Smith of REZAZ in Mountain Xpress here:
More about No Meat Athlete here:
More about REZAZ:
Brian and Laura Smith (from Mountain Xpress)
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Cover of No Meat Athlete with Matt Frazier
Photo of Stepfanie Romine
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Italian Harvest Dinner at NC Arboretum

News Release: Friday, September 1st, 2017
About: Italian Harvest Dinner at Savory Thyme Cafe in NC Arboretum

Join the Asheville School of Wine at Savory Thyme Cafe in the North Carolina Arboretum for a six course dinner inspired by the Italian tradition of celebrating the first grape crush of the harvest season on Sunday, September 17th, 2017 starting 3:30 with a Bubbles Reception. 

Each course will be paired with a sustainably crafted wine selected from one of Italy's storied wine regions.
$65 per person (not including tax and gratuity). Your ticket price does include day of event parking at NC Arboretum.
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Tasting Wines from "The NEW California"



News Release: Friday, September 1st, 2017
About: Tasting Wines from "The NEW California" @MetroWines
Please join The Asheville School of Wine and a winery representative for a tasting of wines from "The NEW California" on Thursday, September 21st from 5 to 6:30pm @MetroWines. Wines from Smith Story Wine Cellars "on the taste" and "on the house."
What's "The NEW California?" Find out!
Contact for MetroWines: Gina Trippi
Charlotte Street! It's the Next BIG Thing!
"Big Shop Selection. Small Shop Service"
Shop:  828-575-9525
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The Dark Side of Wine



News Release: Thursday, August 31st, 2017
About: The Dark Side of Wine: What's in your Glass?
Please join Andy Hale, Education Director for The Asheville School at MetroWines, for a Tasting and Class, "The Dark Side of Wine," on additives and manipulation in winemaking on Thursday, October 26th from 5:30 to 6:30 @MetroWines. 
"Shoppers are very cautious about food ingredients these days, eating healthy, buying organic, avoiding transfats and additives," says Andy Hale, "but there has been little concern about what might be in your wine."
Andy will discuss the process of "fining" and "filtering" and the possible additives that some wineries are using to control and conform the taste of wine.
"Expect some creepy stuff," says Andy.
The Tasting and Class is $20. Call (828) or shop online here:
Contact for MetroWines: Gina Trippi
Charlotte Street! It's the Next BIG Thing!
"Big Shop Selection. Small Shop Service"
Shop:  828-575-9525
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Red Blend Tasting and Class


News Release: Wednesday, August 30th, 2017

About: Tasting Red Blend Wines
Join The Asheville School of Wine for a class and tasting of Red Blends on Thursday, October 12th from 5:30 to 6:30 @MetroWines.
Andy Hale, Director of Education for The Asheville School of Wine, will lead a learning experience as we taste four Red Blends from 4 different countries.
"Winemakers often blend different varietals, essentially, designing a truly unique wine," says Andy Hale, "but the process can also be used for more nefarious purposes!"
Class and Tasting: $20. Find out what it's all about!
Contact for MetroWines: Gina Trippi
Charlotte Street! It's the Next BIG Thing!
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MetroWines at Collider

Please join us for an evening with Dr. Jennifer Galvin for the North Carolina premiere of her internationally acclaimed documentary,
"The Memory of Fish"


Proceeds benefit the Dr. Thomas R. Karl Internship Program at The Collider, a nonprofit innovation center focused on solutions for climate change

Dear Friends and Supporters of The Collider,

We are reaching out to personally invite you to join us on Saturday evening,September 9th, at 6pm, for an evening with Dr. Jennifer Galvin, who will be in Asheville to present the North Carolina premiere of her award-winning documentary, "The Memory of Fish."

The film is the beautifully inspiring and internationally acclaimed story of a blue-collar worker and passionate fisherman who becomes an "accidental environmentalist." Jennifer followed this everyday-man-turned-activist for several years, capturing his efforts that resulted in the biggest dam removal project in U.S. history.

The event presented by Hunter Subaru is a fundraiser for The Collider, a nonprofit innovation center focused on solutions for climate change, and will benefit itsThomas R. Karl Internship Program designed to develop the next generation of climate solution leaders.

Held at The Collider's top-floor location at 1 Haywood Street in downtown Asheville featuring sunset views of the nearby mountains, the event will include the film screening and a reception catered by Whole Foods Greenlife, Metro Wines, and Oskar Blues Brewery. There will also be a special commemorative gift for all who attend. 

Please consider supporting this important cause and order your tickets today. Friends of The Collider get a discount. Not yet signed up for Friends of The Collider? Sign up now and with your $100 annual fee, your ticket to "The Memory of Fish" is free!

We hope to see you on September 9th.

Preston Davitt
Volunteer Chair of "The Memory of Fish" Fundraiser &
Platinum Sponsor

Megan Robinson
Executive Director
The Collider




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Andy and Elliott

    Andy Hale, Education Director for The Asheville School of Wine @MetroWines, partnered with Chef Elliott Moss of Buxton Hall, for a one of a kind dinner for a wortyh cause last night at the home, we are proud to say!! of one of our customers! What Andy says of the event:

  "It was a truly amazing night, one of the best dinner parties I have ever attended and I have been to a lot! And to make it even better, the event was for a special cause. The dinner party was an auction item at a benefit to support HADAYA raising funds to send girls to school in India. The winning bid garnered a dinner prepared and served by Chef Elliott Moss of Buxton Hall with wines paired by The Asheville School of Wine @MetroWines which I served and discussed with each course. The wines were from all over the world: Tazmania, Sicily, Spain, France and Portugal. It gave me the opportunity to dust off my old sommelier skills!" It was like having one of Asheville's best restaurants in your dining own room."


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